Snub by Omission
A character is describing, talking about or listing the members of a group but then pointedly avoids saying out one of the members's name in order to snub them.
Sometimes the snub will be called attention to by having the left out character call out their name in protest.
Supertrope of Aren't You Forgetting Someone?
See also My Friends... and Zoidberg
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Anime and Manga
- In One Piece, when the Fishmen continue to doubt whether humans even care about their kind, fortune-teller Madame Shirley says that the Straw Hat Pirates that are currently protecting Fishman Island right now are all made of humans...but then someone points to Brook.
Shirley: Look with your own eyes. Right now, in the plaza, over the skies! Those who are fighting with the Pirates of the Fishman District are humans!
Shirley: Well, I'm not so sure about some of them...
- Simoun: When Chor Tempest gets asked to show a Plumbum priestess around their ship, they naturally start off with introductions, with the priestess repeating each name as she's told it...except Aer's.
- In Saki, after the second match out of five in the quarter-finals, during which Aislinn loses many points, Kurumi has this to say about the latter three matches, much to Sae's chagrin, since she's one of those who has yet to play.
Kurumi: It's all right, Ei-chan! Just leave the rest to me and Toyone!
Sae: What about me?!
- The original Monster Society of Evil included the Axis Powers, the Crocodile Men of Planet Punkus, and all of Captain Marvel's rogues' gallery. The leader, Mister Mind, had three trusted lieutenants, representatives of the most evil sub-groups: the first, Herr Phoul, was an evil Nazi genius; the second, Doctor Smashi, a Japanese Mad Scientist; and the third was... Jorrk, the Crocodile Man.
- In Ghostbusters (1984), Dr. Venkman will often omit Egon's title when introducing the team.
Peter: Hello I'm Dr. Venkman, this is Dr. Stanz, Egon.
- And Egon is his first name, even more disrespectful. If he weren't being Dr. Venkman, he'd introduce his colleague as "Dr. Spengler". But he finds it amusing to leave out the honorifics for the smartest guy in the group (who also happens to be the second-best Snark Knight, only behind Venkman himself.)
- Similarly, in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, when McMurphy sneaks some of the patients out of the ward to have some fun, he introduces the group to the charter boat harbor manager as follows:
"We're from the State Mental Institution. This is Dr. Cheswick, Dr. Taber, Dr. Frederickson, Dr. Scanlon, the famous Dr. Scanlon, Mr. Harding, Dr. Bibbit, Dr. Martini, and Dr. Sefelt...oh, and I'm Dr. McMurphy."
- Yes-Man, when the female lead is snubbing Jim Carrey, she thanks everybody who came to the show individually, except him.
- In the Dragonriders of Pern novels, a group of Lords and Craftmasters use this to trick Lord Meron of Nabol to name the successor they wanted him to. By forgetting to mention their favored candidate half the time while they listed his potential heirs in their efforts to get him to name somebody as his heir, they convinced him that the frequently omitted heir was the one they wanted least, and he named that one as his heir in an attempt to spite them.
- In Animorphs, Jake decides to call a meeting to discuss strategy and names every main character except Cassie. He says it's accidental, but the reaction is the same.
- Discussed in The Alloy of Law, the party that Wax and Steris go to at the beginning is incredibly crowded because the host invited nearly everyone just to make those he didn't invite that much more snubbed.
- The IT Crowd has an Overly Long Gag during a company meeting where the Boss goes around thanking all the departments, such as the lawyers and the accountants and even the janitors, but not our titular heroes. Upon each announcement, he describes something that could potentially describe IT, only for it to be another department.
- In How I Met Your Mother after an argument with Ted, Robin gives an acceptance speech where she lists her friends; Lily, Marshall, Barney, and... that's it. That's all my friends.
- Monk: An astronaut is saying that anyone could have done what he did, could be a hero. "You, and you, and you and you", skipping over Monk pointedly.
- Power Rangers RPM At one point, Doctor K takes a moment to compliment each of the Ranger Series Operators... except Ziggy. Who lampshades it. "What about me?" "It's Ziggy. Z-I-G-G-Y." Of course, Doctor K had her reasons.
- Reality TV example: In Survivor: Australia, contestant Jerri Manthey excluded Tina Wesson when asked to list the members of her alliance. This eventually resulted in Tina turning on the alliance and voting Jerri out of the game in eighth place. Tina went on to win.
- It happened again in the Reunion Season, Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains. The infamous Russell Hantz, when asked to list his allies, made the exact same mistake. The kicker was that the excluded person was Jerri Manthey from the above example. Russell finished in third place, one spot ahead of Jerri.
- In the final episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000, when Pearl attempts to destroy the Satellite of Love via self-destruct, Mike and the bots start saying "I love you, [Fill-In-The-Name]!" When it gets to Tom, he doesn't mention Crow, instead grunting in anticipation of the explosion. When it doesn't happen, Crow calls him out on it, with Tom saying that he was going to, but he forgot his name for a moment. Crow doesn't buy it.
- In the Scrubs episode "My House", Dr. Kelso was mad at Dr. Elliot Reid for becoming a private practice doctor and "leaving for greener pastures". He then spends the whole episode ignoring her, one incident involved him saying hello to every nurse, doctor and intern except for her. He also refused to tell her which radiographer was on call.
- Silicon Valley: The obnoxious and overbearing Russ Hanneman treats the Pied Piper team in an overly familiar way, as if they're longtime friends, except for Erlich, whom he completely ignores. When Russ goes around the room stating his positive impressions of each team member, he just falls into awkward silence when he gets to Erlich. Ironically, Erlich is the only team member who actually seeks or values Russ's approval.
- In The Order of the Stick, Durkon tells Hilgya that the rest of the Order are "a fine group, for humans. And an elf." Hilgya points out there's also a halfling, but Durkon left him out on purpose.
- Last-moment subversion in the Justice League episode "Flash and Substance":
Trickster: Captain Boomerang, you old son of a wallaby!
Captain Boomerang: (ignores him) Mirror Master, Captain Cold! Does me good to see the old faces!... even the Trickster.
- Done twice on Kick Buttowski during the episode "Snowapocalypse" when Kick mentions that he has to save everyone in the school bus:
Kick: "We gotta save the driver, Jackie, Milo, Mouth, Dimitri, Janelle, Mitch and Dave!"
Gunther "You forgot Kendall."
Kick: "...Did I?"
- Then once more right in front of her as he, Gunther and Wade save everyone, helping them onto the sleigh only for Kick to stop Gunther before he helps Kendall into it.
Kick: "That's everyone, Gunther."
Kendall: "AHEM, you forgot ME!"
Kick: "...Did I?"
- In A Pup Named Scooby-Doo after the villains are revealed, they will say the traditional, "And I would've gotten away with it too if it wasn't for you meddling kids." Many times, Scooby would have to remind them to finish by saying, "Oh, and that puppy."
- The Simpsons have done this to Homer twice, with the Employee of the Week awards (which he loses to an inanimate carbon rod), as well as the Town Pride Awards (which everyone gets but him).
- A more extreme version when Sideshow Bob drives around the neighborhood with a list of people who will "not be killed by me" everyone's on the list except Bart. Homer celebrates, in front of Bart, about how he is on the list.
- Janine delivers a quite memorable to one to Egon (whom she's had an unrequited crush on for years) in The Real Ghostbusters episodes "The Grundel." After Ray jokingly says that a lack of calls that day means "nobody loves us," Janine assures him, "It's okay, Ray — I love you. I love you, too, Winston. I even love Dr. Venkman here... sort of." The three so-honored all glance knowingly at the one left off her list before marching out of the room, whistling with their hands in their pockets, leaving the clearly annoyed Egon alone with Janine, before he gives up and starts to leave, too, only to hear...
Janine: Oh, Egon? I love you most of all.
- In American Dad!, the Smiths' house burns down, and Francine (who was away at the time) is naturally happy when it turns out that Stan and her adoptive parents got out safely. Then she hears Klaus clear his throat behind her, and hastily tries to say that he's the only one she was really worried about. Klaus responds "Too late, Francine. Too fucking late." Interestingly, this exchange might mark the point where Klaus' perverse obsession with Francine was Running Gagged, since it faded away pretty quickly following this episode.
- Sands of Destruction combines this with Be Careful What You Wish For. The team helps Rhi'a break a curse in the Wind Tower that was keeping one of her ancestors as a zombie. She thanks them, and Agan asks her to stop because it's embarrassing. She the declares, quite cheerfully, that she and her ancestor thank everyone except Agan. Of course he complains.